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Breathing new life into the steam engine in Paraguay

 

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Students wearing traditional dresses walk near a 1960-era steam locomotive in the Carlos Antonio Lopez Railway maintenance shed, currently a museum, before dancing at a cultural fair in Sapucai, Paraguay, on Oct. 12. The railway, inaugurated on Oct. 21, 1861 for cargo and passengers, shut down in 2001 before being resurrected in 2012 as a tourism attraction. Train company president Marcelo Wagner says foreign investors have expressed interest in revitalizing the railway commercially with electric powered trains, but until plans are concreted, the steam powered trains will continue as a tourist attraction.

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An abandoned Carlos Antonio Lopez Railway passenger car sits empty at the Luque train station in Paraguay on Oct. 12.

 

The Carlos Antonio Lopez Railway officially opened on Oct. 21, 1861 for cargo and passenger use in Paraguay. The steam railway was shut down after 140 years, before being resurrected in 2012 as a tourism attraction. Train company president Marcelo Wagner says foreign investors have expressed interest in revitalizing the railway commercially with electric powered trains, but until plans are cemented, the steam railway will continue as a tourist attraction.

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A 1960-era steam locomotive from the Carlos Antonio Lopez Railway carries tourists in Asuncion, Paraguay on Oct. 7.

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Vapor exits a 1960-era steam locomotive from the Carlos Antonio Lopez Railway as it runs in Asuncion, Paraguay on Oct. 7.

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A tourist takes pictures as he rides the Carlos Antonio Lopez Railway 1960-era steam locomotive in Asuncion, Paraguay on Oct. 7.

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